I also did it, bought another Zenit, and 2 more cameras
There was this auction on eBay: Lot of 3 cameras located in Austria, which means only 6 Euro for post. 1€ starting bid. The description was "cannot test it, sell as I found them, probably not working, for parts or tinkerer."
The images showed a Zenit ET which looked not bad, a very dusty Yashica Auto Focus, and a Contaflex with lens hood, 2 filters and good looking case. I won the autcion for starting bid ;-)
A few days later i received a big parcel:
The Zenit ET looks like new, wokrs like a charm. The Yashica Auto Focus, also looks good after cleaning the dust on the outside and works after I inserted 2 AA batteries. The Contaflex is a Alpha with the cheaper Pantar lens. but it is clean and complete. Even the take up spool is there. What looked like filters are close up lenses +1 and +2. Shutter works for most speeds. Only 1/2 s and 1s are too slow and tend to stick.
Hans, can you tell me the birthday of my Contaflex, please. It has serial M3776.
I do not know what I should do with the Auto Focus. I think I'll shoot a film in it and put it on sale again. This type of cameras dows not fit my GAS.
I shot a film in the Contaflex and I'm not very exited about the results. None of the images is really sharp, there is also some unsharpness in the corners. The images from the Exacta Varex IIb with the Domiplan budget lens are beter.
Handling of the camera was quite ok, also image in the finder is bright and split image rangefinder works well. But overall it's not a camera I will use often.
But there are allready some new cameras to try out ;-)
At the same time I found the OM-1n at willhaben.at I got a Miranda Auto Sensorex EE from the bay. Austrian guy selling it for a friend with unclear description: Unknown condition, maybe not working. Such auctions are allways like gambling. But with low shipping cost within Austira I could not resist and got it with a low bid.
It arrived in nice clean condition, all I had to do is to put a fresh zink air battery in it. Now I have a nice small Miranda family. 2 years ago I got the Sensomat RE with 3 EE lenses. These lenses fit the Sensorex EE much better ;-)
I do not really trust the light meter in teh Sensorex and allways double check with a digital Gossen. On spot metering it is allways one stop off compared to average metering towards over exposing. In average metering it is sometimes 2 stopps of compared to hand held meter towards under exposing.
My small Miranda family (only the Auto Sensorex EE with the 50m f1/1,8 lens is new):
Post by Just Plain Curt on Jun 5, 2016 15:39:50 GMT -5
I have somewhere in the neighbourhood of 43 Zenits, 4 Start SLRs, a Kristall, many FEDs, Zorkis, Mir, Smenas, Lubitels and lenses of all sorts, both M39 and M42. Bought the M39-42 adapters too. Love the Russian stuff. That said I've scrapped at least a dozen Zenits because I could never fix them. I'm a huge Praktica guy too.
Praktica's and Zenits were among the first SLRs I ever started collecting a move up from the box cameras as I got a little older and more financial... have around 80 of them, probably two thirds of them Praktica's
Post by yashica1943 on Jun 10, 2016 17:38:52 GMT -5
My neighbour was clearing out his garage and gave me a M42 Chinon 200 mm lens. There was fungus on the rear element. When I got it home I discovered that the fungus was on the outside surface so I cleaned it off. Not the greatest lens in the world but it will be fitted on my Pentax at some stage. He tells me that he also has an Olympus film camera that I can take a look at.........
Post by yashica1943 on Jun 20, 2016 6:06:26 GMT -5
My neighbour found his Olympus film camera. It is an absolutely mint OM-10 with the Zuiko 50mm f1.8 lens, manual speed adapter and like new ERC. There was also an Olympus T20 flash with instructions. I gave him a fair price for everything. The OM-10 is a super camera to use, I have had several and sold them all, but will always keep my OM-1. I will be keeping this OM-10 for a while, prices seem to be rising steadily........
To buy or not to buy is the question: Seen in my local charity shop. Empty battery in camera, leaked battery in flash. But with all manuals and papers. Even the original biill is included. Price is 15€
A Zorki-3 with a low 1955 serial number, matching Jupiter 8 lens, leather case and original film casette for spooling your own film. According to sovietcams.com it is type PM1290, fotoua.com lists it as type 5d (CT1208).
I love the look of this camera, espicially because its seperated low speed dial.
The camera is very clean, works like a charm, even the low speeds. Does anybody know the purpose of the white card in the back of the camera case?
I never have seen this type of film casettes before.